Updated: Apr 9, 2020
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Cloud Computing in Legal
Have you considered using cloud computing in your law firm? Are you unsure what it is or what its function is? Do you want to learn more about the advantages of cloud computing and how legal software could use it to provide benefits to your firm?
You’ve come to the perfect place. Today, we are going to talk about what cloud computing is and what its purpose is. We will also investigate the benefits of cloud computing in relation to the running of your legal practice.
Let’s dive in and find out more.
What is Cloud Computing and what is its Purpose?
Cloud computing involves taking services which are normally behind a business’s firewall onto shared systems. This means you access services and applications using the Web, instead of accessing them on your hard drive. Services are delivered to customers through the Web and usually, the cloud provider is responsible for maintaining the cloud infrastructure rather than the cloud customer. Cloud computing networks typically take advantage of low-cost computing technology to spread data-processing tasks across them.
In summary, cloud computing is concerned with the delivery of computing as a service. This allows software and information to be shared on other computers devises as a utility, usually over the internet. Clouds can be classified as either being private, public or hybrid.
What are the Advantages of Cloud Computing for your Legal Practice?
Using cloud computing has multiple benefits. The following shortlist explores some of them.
o Companies only need to pay for the storage they actually use. This means you are incurring operating expenses as opposed to capital expenses.
o Businesses can select either on-premises or off-premises storage options. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of the two, depending on your specific needs.
o By using cloud computing and storage you will have access to a wide range of applications and resources.
o You can save on costs. As you know, the outlay for software can be prohibitive, particularly if you are a small practice. By using cloud computing you can pay a small monthly fee and don’t need to have IT staff to bring in experts to help you set up the software.
o Using the cloud means that the capabilities of your cloud account will grow as the same rate your firm does because it means reducing the cost of equipment as it’s easy to add new users to cloud computing. Thus, using the cloud facilitates the scalability of your firm.
o Allows for disaster recovery. Automatic backups on the cloud and data storage in a remote location mean that all your confidential files are protected and secure even if there some sort of disaster or catastrophe.
o It will allow your firm to become greener, more sustainable and economical while reducing your carbon footprint.
o Cloud computing allows for greater flexibility because you can switch seamlessly between different devices, meaning you can work from anywhere and therefore be more productive and efficient.
We hope that you now have a clearer idea of what cloud computing is and how you could use it to benefit your firm. We hope the advantages we have highlighted are useful to you and have helped you to feel more confident about using cloud computing. Visit SpineLegal to check out some of the best legal services available in today’s market.